Colorado Big Thompson Water Project and Tunnels
Artwork by Megan Gafford

November 18, 2017 – March 25, 2018

Mezzanine Gallery
A History as Art Exhibition

Meet the Artist: Friday, December 8, 6 – 8 pm

An exhibition that integrates the history of the Colorado Big Thompson Project Map with an artistic interpretation. This map shows the transition of water from the western slope to the Front Range by way of the Alva B. Adams tunnel. The Colorado Big Thompson Project utilizes 35 miles of tunnels to transport water to farm and ranch land as well as 925,000 people in portions of eight northern Colorado counties.

TunnelVision will include historic photographs and other ephemera from that construction effort along with an art installation that explores the actual or metaphoric concept of tunnels and their relationship to the movement of water. With artwork by Megan Gafford that demonstrates “humanity’s impressive ability to figure out how to achieve the difficult task of moving water,” visitors will learn about this 1930s era project that drove development on the Front Range, while artistically experiencing the forces of gravity used to move water.

Gafford received her MFA from CU Boulder in 2016 and her BA from the University of New Orleans in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at David B Smith Gallery in Denver, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Backyard Ballroom in New Orleans. She is an artist-in-residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, Colorado.


INSIDE – Colorado Big Thompson Water Project
Saturday, November 18, 1 pm
Thursday, December 14, 5:30 pm
Presented by James Bishop, US Bureau of Reclamation
Free Event

This presentation will explain key facts about the Colorado-Big Thompson Project, how the Adams tunnel site was chosen, and how water diversion tunnels negotiate the interrelationships between geography, water, agriculture, and population in Northeastern Colorado.


OUTSIDE – Colorado Big Thompson Water Project
Thursday, December 7, 5:30 pm
Presented by local historian, Ken Jessen
Free Event

This photographic journey will travel from familiar places, such as Mary’s Lake, Lake Estes, the Hansen Feeder Canal and Horsetooth Reservoir.